This short video is of my good friend and training partner Mark Finn from Dockside Fitness. I train with Mark outside in Ropemakers Field E14 mostt mornings at 7am and on a Sunday at 9am. I often see and hear about ‘functional fitness’ and wondered what it was. I used to think that lifting weights and doing a few sit ups along with a session or two on a spin bike was enough to keep me healthy and fit.After training with Mark for a while I grew to understand that ‘functional fitness’ is about being able to deal with the surprises life can sometimes unexpectedly throw at you such as having to lift a heavy item or move quickly to get out of danger.
I think its incredibly important to be fit for purpose and as an actor that includes being ready for anything or as they say in Latin. Utrinque Paratus – it’s the motto of the Parachute Regiment (I used to be involved in as a Territorial soldier many many years ago) the motto means ready for Anything and this has been one of those tenets that has stuck with me through my life. Its part of the reason I train in a functional way. So as an actors what is being ready for anything, how can you apply functional fitness ways to your career?
Is your headshot up to date – do you look like it?
Is you resume polished and current?
How does your body lookare you carrying a few extra pounds or have you lost some weight?
What kind of shape are you in – are you fit enough to to 8 shows a week or a long tour?
these are just a few of the basic questions you should be asking yourself ona regular basis, have you taken any classes recently or hows your own marketing going? Being an actor is more than solely acting its about all of the other things you have to do to keep yourself in shape for any opportunity that arises – however suddenly it may appear.
As a headshot phortographer I am ready for anything all of the time, I’m ready to adjust my shooting style for each and every client who comes into my studio, every session is bespoke and every actor has different needs, do they want character shots, do they need shots doing outdoors, is daylight better on their skin tone or are they better represented under tungsten light. Doe sthe actor know what they want, do they know their casting range or castability? Part of my job and part of the experience of a Nick Gregan headshot session is offering advice, understanding what the actor wants , also presenting to them other options that they may not of have considered in a headshot. I like to keep the motto Utrinque Paratus in my mind as I approach every day.
– Exercise is The Food of Life – Dockside Fitness